I made a tough decision today. One of my pet projects was euthanized. BoiseLocavore.com saw its demise about 11:30 a.m. today. I put the site up as a news aggregator for local food news, national food movement news, gardening, etc. It had a blog and links to other local food producers.
Unfortunately, as I looked at my finances, and saw the $40 a month it was costing me to keep it up, and when compared to the viral traffic it was getting (it wasn't) I made the decision to pull the plug. I didn't ever intend for it to make money. But the cost became too much in these tighter and tighter times.
Where does that leave the local food community? Well, it has been my experience that while everyone loves the idea of a local food community, it being sustainable, and healthy and all that... getting people to take action or take an interest is an entirely different matter.
I'm not preaching or being holier than thou. Take my own experience for example. I grow local food. I sell it at the farmer's market. I have a CSA. I sell to a few restaurants. I grow using organic methods helping to feed the insects as well. On the other hand, I'm tired going back and forth to my gardens, digging, harvesting, washing. So saving time, it's really convenient (and oftentimes cheaper) to swing through a drive-thru and pick up some fast food. How sad is that?
I'll continue my own self-education on local food and sustainability. I might even incorporate some of the cool things on Boiselocavore.com into my own farming website www.UrbaneFarms.com. But I don't have time to manage two websites anymore. Sorry.